Remember last summer when Yes was going to celebrate their 40th anniversary with us at a concert on the lawn at Edgefield? Remember when they cancelled that whole tour? Remember when they announced a new February 14, 2009 show with three of the band's longtime members? Remember when I fought tooth-and-nail with the music editor of this here paper to allow me to write an article about it? ("Dude, come on, it'll be good, I swear! Yes are awesome! Do you really want yet another article about a thumbsucking emo band this week?")

Whether you remember all this or not, the final answer is NO. It seems a Yes show in our fair city was simply not meant to be. Bringing great relief to the girlfriends of pointy-headed prog rock fans across the city, Yes has cancelled their Valentine's Day show at the Aladdin Theater.

Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase. The band's official statement:

Due to unforeseen medical reasons, the "In The Present Tour," featuring YES' Steve Howe, Chris Squire and Alan White is cancelling shows through February 24 (San Diego).

The band wishes to apologize for any inconvenience that this might have caused to their fans and hopes to see them again soon.

The announcement of this news gave me two immediate conflicting reactions:

1. I sincerely hope that all is well with the members of Yes, and wish them and their families the very best.

End Hits: Still crossing our fingers for that Gabriel/Genesis reunion.